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Mustangs through History: A Look at 25 of the Most Popular Models

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  1. 1964 1/2 Mustang
    • The first of the breed! Ford hit the mark - and undoubtedly revolutionized the auto industry – with this one.  
    • Named for the P-51 Mustang fighters of World War II, the 1964 1/2 Mustang took the auto world by storm. With over a million built in the first 18 months, this is a legend that will live on forever.  
  2. 1965 Shelby GT 350
    • Carroll Shelby’s first performance Mustang. With Wimbledon White exteriors and Guardsman Blue rocker stripes, the Shelby GT 350 is one of the most identifiable Mustangs of all time. 
    • A real game-changer, Carroll Shelby’s first performance Mustang set the standards for performance Mustangs for years to come. 
  3. 1965 GT K-code Fastback
    • Highest performance mass produced Mustang at the time, with an estimated 271 horsepower.
    • Only 13,214 were produced.
  4. 1966 Shelby GT 350H
    • Back in 1966 you could get behind the wheel of one of these 306 horsepower beauts for around $17 a day and 17 cents a mile, thanks to Hertz.
    • These “Rent-A-Racers” were born from an agreement between Shelby and Ford in which Shelby modified cars for Hertz, and later refurbished and sold them as the GT 350H models when their time as rentals was up.
  5. 1967 Shelby GT500
    • The GT 500 set the bar for performance, going 0 to 60 in 6.2-seconds 
  6. 1968 Shelby GT500KR
    • Coined “King of the Road,” and for good reason. The Shelby GT500KR was one powerful pony thanks to the 428 Cobra Jet engine with Ram Air induction.
  7. 1968 ½ 428 Cobra Jet
    • The 428 Cobra Jet engine under this bad boy’s hood made history and redeemed Ford in the factory horsepower wars. So great it was carried over to 1969. 
  8. 1969 428 Super Cobra Jet
    • Modified for higher performance, beyond the standard CJ Mustang
    • Designed for the track
  9. Boss 429 (1969-1970)
    • Only 859 were ever created, making the Boss 429 one of the rarest classic Muscle cars.
  10. 1970 Mach 1
    • Ford’s Mach 1 Mustang, designed for all-out performance, first appeared back in August 1968 as a 1969 model year package. Production continued through 1978 and returned for a victory lap in 2003 and 2004. 
  11. Boss 302 (1969-1970)
    • A true boss. Among the best looking and performing Mustangs, the Boss 302 needs no introduction. It was such a hit Ford brought it back for the 2012 and 2013 model years. 
  12. 1971 Boss 351
  13. Mustang II (1974-78)
    • Smaller and lighter version of the Mustang to counter fuel crisis and rising emissions regulations
    • Hugely popular in its day, though not well performing
    • The "black sheep" of the Mustang line-up today.
  14. 1984-1986 Mustang SVO
    • A novel intercooler boosted the turbocharged four-cylinder engine to a whopping 175 hp. It wasn’t cheap but, at a time when V8s were still “coughing their way out of the smog era,” it was worth it.  
  15. 1987 Ford Mustang 5.0 /GT
    • A facelift and 25 hp increase proved muscle cars and pony cars weren’t going anywhere and quite possibly started a revolution with a lighter, less expensive model.
  16. 1993 Cobra/Cobra R
    • Cobra R required active and valid race license to buy
  17. 1994 Ford Mustang
    • Featuring the first major redesign in 15 years, the 1994 Ford Mustang was hot enough to be featured as a police cruiser in Robocop. 
  18. 1995 Mustang SVT Cobra R (351)
    • Only 250 built, sold directly to racers
    • Performance mods only, including 5.8L V8
  19. 2000 Cobra R
    • The 2000 Cobra R was one hot pony car! Literally. Air conditioning, stereo equipment, and the rear seats were taken out for ultimate weight reduction. Only 300 of these 385 hp powerhouses were cranked out. Available in any color, as long as it was Performance Red, keeping with the Ford tradition.   
  20. 2001 Mustang Bullitt
    • By 2001, the Ford Mustang was a bona fide movie star. The 1968 GT 390 Ford Mustang stole the show in quite possibly the best car chase scenes of all time in the 1968 Warner Bros. film “Bullitt.” Ford honored the 1968 model with this special edition Bullitt Mustang. 
  21. 2003-2004 Mustang SVT Cobra “Terminator”
    • Named “terminator” because the Cobra team knew that this supercharged model would “terminate” the Camaro vs. Mustang war once and for all. Enough said. 
  22. 2005 Mustang
    • The fifth-generation Mustang received a positive reaction at the International Auto Show two years prior albeit the arguably retro style and live rear axle. Nonetheless, it was impressive to drive and ushered in a new era of tuning for Mustangs. 
  23. 2007 Mustang/Shelby GT 500
    • Five hundred horsepower and pure luxury, this was one comfy – and quick – ride that set the stage as the most powerful Mustang of its time. 
  24. 2012-2013 Boss 302/Laguna Seca
    • The same, but different: the return of the Boss 302 with very few adjustments. But hey, why mess with perfection? (except for the addition of Ford Sync, HID headlamps, and LED-surround taillamps)
  25. 2015 Mustang
    • Is it too early to declare this one a legend? With independent rear suspension and an available turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, we don’t think so. In fact, we think this might just be the best Mustang yet! 

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